|How a Shoplifter is Caught & Prosecuted
|H. Scott Aalsberg, Esq., P.C.
"The Shoplifters Attorney"
Main Office: 39 Milltown Road 2nd Floor, East Brunswick, N.J. 08816
1028 Route #23 North, Wayne, N.J. 07470
1-800-9-RIGHTS or (732) 257-5040
Most of our clients are charged for shoplifting against the following stores which
commonly use RFID to track and catch shoplifters:
Bed Bath and Beyond
Lord & Taylors
Stop & Shop
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Historically how a shoplifter was
Up and until the1970's most shoplifters
would only be caught by a loss
prevention officer observing the theft.
The problem was that one person could
watch a maximum of 5 to 10 people at a
time. Even if the store would catch a
shoplifter, it was generally one person's
word against another in court and the
store would often lose if the shoplifter
had a good attorney. Stores were losing
millions of dollars and looked to
technology for an answer. This
technology would have to prove to a
judge or jury what really happened. This
technology was called CCTV.
By the early 1990's inexpensive closed
circuit camera systems (CCTV) were
installed in most major stores. However,
this technology was also limited in its
success in stopping shoplifting due to
the fact that many times the video would
be of poor quality or too far away to
show the theft. CCTV was know for
grainy pictures with very low resolution.
Unless a person or object was
immediately in front of the camera the
picture would not provide a positive ID of
the shoplifter. The next major
technology leap RFID would solve nearly
all of the shortcomings of CCTV by
improving picture resolution and
features automatic tracking.
How A Shoplifting is Caught:
Since 2005 a major leap in shoplifting prevention technology
occurred when the first mass produced RFID system was
combined with CCTV and High Definition Video. This new
technology is so sophisticated that it can zoom in and start
recording the second you first touch an item. (CCTV prior to this
would only record a large area in low resolution) With RFID a loss
prevention officer can zoom in and present a very clear and vivid
picture of the act of shoplifting. RFID short for Radio-frequency
Identification is the use of an object (typically referred to as an RFID
tag) attached to or incorporated into a product, for the purpose of
identification and tracking using radio waves. Some tags can be
read from several hundred meters away and beyond the line of
sight of the reader camera or tracking system.
Most RFID tags contain at least two parts. One is an integrated
circuit for storing and processing information, modulating and
demodulating a radio-frequency (RF) signal, and other specialized
functions. The second is an antenna for receiving and transmitting
the signal. These devices are usually built into a small printed
circuit board on the label of a clothing article or a tag attached to
the item. These RFID devices can be as thin as a piece of paper
and as small as a childs finger nail. Thus, they are practically
invisible to the average shoplifter. Once you touch the item an alert
is triggered by the system and a camera starts recording by
zooming in on the action until you leave the store. The system will
record and track whether you have or have not paid for an item. A
store employee is alerted by the system to track and stop you once
you leave the store without paying. Some privacy experts have
argued that these systems could violate your rights if the store
continued to track you once you left the immediate area of the
store, but most stores have limited the range of the RFID systems
to no more than a few hundred meters outside of the store. These
devices started to commonly appear in high end items about 5
years ago and today can even be found in items that sell for as little
as a few dollars due to the fact that the price for an RFID tag in
2013 costs retailers between 5 and 10 cents each.
How do you know what technology was used and how you were caught?
Answer: You won't know, and even your lawyer probably will not know until the time of trial, unless he has
defended a case against your particular store in the past. We have handled cases against every major store in
the state of NJ which use RFID. Hiring the right attorney is the most important decision you can make. In most
cases a store will not admit that you were caught on camera by an RFID device until your trial starts and
testimony is taken from the store. At this point it is too late to hire an experienced RFID lawyer to handle your
case, as a judge will not stop a trial once started.
Therefore, it is important to hire an experienced and seasoned trial lawyer to defend your case. Unlike other
law firms we are experienced in handling shoplifting cases involving RFID technology and we have gotten
results including dismissals, downgrades and reductions of penalties in nearly every case we handle. Don't
trust just any lawyer to handle your case. The right lawyer may mean the difference between going to jail and
being free. Help is only a phone call away, but the longer you wait to get represented the less chance a proper
defense can be prepared for you! Don't wait call 1-800-9-RIGHTS now to set up a free in office consultation.
Success: Over 8000 cases
won, reduced or downgraded